Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Reaching Iguazu (or Iguacu in Brazil) marked the end of our time in Brazil but began our adventure into Argentina.
It was quite fitting then to spend it at one of Nature’s 7 Wonders of the World. Caused by a massive volcanic eruption which created a crater along the River Iguazu’s flow, it creates a curtain of water across the rim of the crater and is also apparently home to a number of unique species, ranking it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Now a trip consisting of 1 flight, 2 countries, 2 languages and a border crossing does not come without its difficulties, so I’ve made a list of handy hints at the bottom of this post if this inspires anyone to visit in the future.
Firstly we visited the Brazilian side. Recommend doing this side first as it gives you perceptive of the Fall and also whets the appetite for Argentinian side which are truly awesome. We flew into Foz Do Iguacu airport and made our way directly to the falls, spending a couple of hours in the National Park. Stu had never seen a waterfall of this scale before and was in awe of the sheer power of it. The rest can only be illustrated in pictures but they still don't seem to capture it - so take our word for it.
The next day took us to the Argentinian side, which we'd heard was even more impressive. A maze of trails allows you to really get up close and personal with the Falls, experiencing them from three different levels.
We finished our time in Iguazu with a well earned dip in the hostel pool - our first in S. America!
Adios from Argentina!
Total cost for 3 days in Iguazu = £177
Transfer to Buenos Aires = £40pp
Our Handy Hints
We struggled to find any clear information on tackling both sides of the falls, so we've laid out what we learnt here:
- The park is a walk or if you want you can get an Uber from the airport (cost us £2) if you want to go direct. They do have lockers which are 30 real and big enough for one hold luggage and 2 carry-ons.
- Buy tickets either online or at the park – anyone claiming they sell them for cheaper are not telling the truth in our experience :(. Tickets were 70 real at time of writing.
- Brazilian side only needs 2-3hours max
- If you are staying in Argentinian side easiest way to get there is to catch the ‘Rio Uruguay’ bus from the outside the falls park. Don’t worry, the bus doesn’t go to either Rio or Uruguay!! This costs 20 Real each and they help with crossing the border – it was much easier than we had read online. Be aware they only take cash and the only cash machine at the falls charges £8 to withdraw cash (we found out this the hard way). So take enough cash with you.
- A couple we met also said it was really busy on a Sunday – so avoid this if possible
- Recommend catching the bus at 8-8.30am as this is a full day and this time avoids queues and heat.
- Buy tickets from Rio Uruguay bus station and proceed to bus terminal. Cost us 360 Argentina Dollars return each.
- Buy your tickets either online before you go or make sure you take more than one payment method or cash (cash machines were not working).
- In Argentina for any card payment you need ID, so take your passport or you're not getting in.
- There are three trails in the park. We did the top trail first by the free train and worked our way down to the lower trail (in our opinion the best and should not be overlooked).
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